India commits to working with Malawi in development


India has committed to working with Malawi in areas of trade and development.

Deputy Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Anil Kijmar was speaking Sunday during commemorations of the International Day of Yoga in Blantyre.

Yoga, which spans about 5,000 years, is a spiritual and physical therapy through a wide range of physical exercises.


Speaking on the commemorations which internationally fall on June 21, Kijmar said Malawi and India have been collaborating in areas of health, education and energy for the past 200 years.

“India has been providing various lines of credit for Malawi in skills development, job creation and capacity building. We have recently provided a line of credit of $23.5 million in a project which will enable Malawi to tap water from Likhubula River in Mulanje to Blantyre,” he said.

Kijmar also cited the Salima Sugar Factory and educational scholarships to over 100 Malawians to study in various fields in India.


Chairperson of the Hindu Community in Malawi, Vikesh Vanzara, said yoga can help unite the world, saying, as a sport, it does not see one’s race or nationality.

“Yoga is important. It keeps us fit and healthy. Anyone can practise yoga and it does not necessarily mean that if you practise yoga then you have joined the Hindu religion. I urge everyone to start practising yoga for their own health,” he said.

Psychologist Chiwoza Bandawe of College of Medicine said although yoga originated from India, it can be beneficial to anyone.

“There are many studies which establish the importance of yoga. Among others, yoga helps in reducing hypertension, depression, especially after giving birth, reduces anxiety and improves emotional wellbeing,” he said.

This year’s International Day of Yoga is being commemorated under the theme live “Life to Its Full Potential”.

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